Time & Effort
Welcome to the UTB Time & Effort Web site.
Effort reporting is a process mandated by the federal government to verify that direct labor charges to, or cost shared on, sponsored projects are accurate, timely, and reflect the actual level of work performed.
This site provides both general information on effort concepts as well as specific information on effort reporting and certification procedures. Please use the sidebar on the left-hand side to navigate the different sections of this website.
In addition to the reference guides, FAQs, and additional resources located within this website, if you have questions about the effort certification process, or about effort commitments on sponsored projects, or suggestions for additional information you would like to see on this website, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (956) 882-7849 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delay in Time and Effort Certification
As you know, last fiscal year UTB changed its Time & Effort
certification periods to a semester basis. However, due to the upgrade
implementation of the Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ECRT)
system, certification for this period will be delayed. We anticipate the
certification period to be Oct. 27 to Nov. 7; an email with the exact
dates as to when the period opens will be sent at a later date.
In order to comply with federal regulations and UTB’s policies and procedures
that govern effort on sponsored projects, the Office of Sponsored Programs will
offer Time & Effort certification training sessions. The purpose of these
sessions is intended to familiarize Effort Coordinators (EC) and Principal
Investigators (PI) with the University’s new ECRT system. A registration
notice for these trainings will be sent out at a later date.